Hip-Hops growing pains are
a necessary part of its living legacy. Today there are too many expiration-date
rappers who only spew Dr. Seuss rhymes. Thankfully there are still MCs,
like Tech N9ne, who are committed to preserving the craft. He is one
of Hip-Hops heroes; his lyricism cripples times exacting hands.
Just as Tupac and Biggie have been placed into AllHipHop.coms Top
5 Dead Or Alive Hall of Fame, Tech N9ne offers his opinion of Hip-Hops
Tech N9ne: He had style, he wasnt just rapping [and] he flipped it often. He really had flow and he really had style; I love style. I love n****s that can get on there and style and show you that they can flip it; but, still rap. L was hard. I heard a lot of his freestyles. I heard him through Grant Rice [a Kansas City, MO MC]. What he played me made me say, Gaddam, I wish I had got a song with this n****! You know what Im saying, there arent too many motherf*****s that can make me say that. This n**** had flow. I heard a lot of his freestyles on some mixtapes that were coming out of New York. I was like, gaddam! Not too many motherfuckers can do that.
Tech N9ne: His wordplay cant be matched. If you listen to him; its sick! Its ill, it has cancer [and] it has AIDS; thats how sick it is!
Tech N9ne: I love Tech N9ne; because, Tech N9ne is everything combined! Its f***ing filled with sadness, gladness, everything combined! Its confused, its sexual, its sing-songy [and] its hardcore. Its not apologetic.
What one track would you recommend to a Tech N9ne novice?
Tech N9ne: If it was
back then I would tell them This Ring. But, if its right now,
I would tell them on the second CD of Killer, theres a song
called Cant Shake It. In that song youd understand Tech
and that he has flow as an MC. You can hear it, you know what Im
saying, Tech N9ne is incredible to me; because, its like its not
even me. But it is. Ill listen to the music and be like, wow, where
did that come from?
Tech N9ne: D.O.C. was f***ing dope! D.O.C. was the final nail in the coffin that [made me say] okay Im going to rap. There was always Public Enemy and NWA and BDP [Boogie Down Productions] and Rakim and all of them; but [after listening to] D.O.C. I said, Yes, I got to do me some mother***ing music! Hes a lyricist. He even wrote for Snoop, on his album [Doggystyle]; because, he [D.O.C.]
didnt have his voice anymore. Go get his first album No One Can
Do It Better. So, D.O.C.s my fourth.
Brotha Lynch Hung
Tech N9ne: My last one gotta be Brotha Lynch. Swear to God, if you listen to Dinner
And A Movie first release on Strange Music youll see why. That boys a gaddam lyricist! I dont give a f**k how many people hes eaten, how many abdomens hes torn out, how many hostages hes taken, the boy cannot be f***ed with, lyrically. He does it like no other.
AllHipHop.com: How do
you feel about ghost-writing within Hip-Hop?
Tech N9ne: I dont
like it! I mean, you know, maybe for R&B and stuff like that, or
Pop, yeah! Go ahead and do what you like; but, rappers and s***if
you cant write it, maybe you shouldnt do it. I dont know. I
mean, it works for some people; but, it wouldnt work for me.
AllHipHop.com: If you
cant write it maybe you shouldnt do it!